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Cracking the Code of. Change by Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria. Included with this full-text Harvard Business Review article: The Idea in Brief—the core idea. Citation: Beer, Michael, and Nitin Nohria. “Cracking the Code of Change.” Harvard Business Review 78, no. 3 (May–June ): – In this article, authors Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria describe two archetypes–or theories–of corporate transformation that may help executives crack the code.

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The company should be lead by a leader at the top who clearly sets and organizes company changes. Help Center Find new research papers in: Beer, Michael, and Nitin Nohria. SucherJoseph Badaracco and Bridget Gurtler. Skip to search form Skip to main content. This behavior hurt the economic snd of the bank as employees became lazy.

From Successful to Sustainable Lean Production: According to Jensen an organization should have a single valued objective function that calls for purposeful behavior, which may not be possible when there are multiple dimensions which may potentially lead to confusion and complexity.

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Nohriw of them is companies should not rush to change instead they should try and find a balance between Theory E and O approaches. The authors therefore set to bridge this academic gap. Click here to sign up. Because the theories are so different, managers cannot juggle them simultaneously and the resulting mess leaves the company no better off.

They lose focus and become mesmerized by all the advice available in print and on-line about why companies should change, what they should accomplish, and how they should do it.


The anxiety of learning. In addition, the alternative—an arbitrary and halfhearted mixing of E and O—is extremely confusing and debilitating to an organization.

Cracking the Code of Change

The simultaneous use of both theories is more likely to be the source of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead of this halfhearted approach, managers are better off picking a pure model: These archetypes are based on different and unconscious assumptions by senior executives and the consultants and academics advising them.

Theory E and Theory O can be successful when used together at the same time. Journal of Cost Cde Summer: The lesson from ASDA? Editorial Washington Post May 19, Contributing Knowledge to Electronic Knowledge Repositories: Finance Globalization Health Care. According to research included in the article, seventy percent of all change initiatives will fail.

Cracking the Code of Change

Additionally, the company may want to have divergent personalities within senior management. To date, Porter and Nohria have gathered 60, hours’ worth of data crackung 27 executives, interviewing them—and hundreds of other CEOs—about their schedules. Why major change programs fail: Often the presence of consultants can make managers abdicate any sense of leadership; rather, consultants should help managers become better leaders.

In conclusion, Beer and Nohria have presented lessons we can take away from this article. This proliferation of recommendations often leads to muddle when change is attempted.

Citations Publications citing this paper. Technology and Operations Management. About the Authors Michael Beer.

Additionally, employees should be rewarded for meeting performance goals too. In their methodology, they used a mixed method design including both qualitative and quantitative data. Why good companies go bad. The main aim of the study was the realization that organizations need to adapt to change or they will die.


Beer and Nohria then demonstrate how the theories can be combined to create successful, lasting change. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Now the Challenge Is Inclusion.

Managers using Theory O believe if they og exclusively on the price of their stock, they might harm their organizations. Finally, consultants should chajge managers to think and not just blindly act on a set of procedures.

The problem is that companies cannot enact just one of these theories when trying to change their organization. However, in my view its application would be hard depending on the life cycle of the firm.

Cite View Details Register to Read. References BeerM. The result is that most change efforts exert a heavy toll, both human and economic. This theory is the process of changing, obtaining feedback, reflecting, and making further changes.

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